12/22/13 8:39 am EST
|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 11-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 30 PTS | -1It’s going to be a shame when Thad get traded as he really is a joy to watch. He opened the game hitting 3 of his first 4 FGAs and really never took his foot off the gas. Thad played with his usual high energy and did it all last night. He drained 3′s, cleaned the boards, made a couple fantatstic outlet passes and tossed in a swat of an OJ Mayo bunny in the 3rd Q.|
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 2-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -8An 0-4 start from the field extended out to 1-6 shooting in the 1st half and “The Enigma” never recovered.|
|Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4How long can Brown continue to start this guy over the steady Tony Wroten?|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 10-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +3I hope Spence gets Brett Brown a really nice Xmas gift, because Spence has never looked better on offense. Two big highlights for me last night: The pass he threw from the high post to a back door cutting Turner in the 2nd Q and the nice AND 1 he put on the board in the 4th Q. was th|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | 0MCW racked up one of the quietest double-doubles I can remember. He had a vicious slam in the in the 2nd Q, but other than that play and a smooth dime to Hawes in the 3rd Q he just punched the clock last night. On defense he continues to have trouble with small, quick point guards and last night he made Brandon Knight look like an All-Star.|
|Brandon Davies, PF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9Moving on…|
|Lavoy Allen, PF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -13A nice flip hook in the 1st Q was the highlight of the night for Lavoy.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 24 MIN | 0-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -1JA has one job on this team — make shots. And last night he didn’t do that at all.|
|Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -8What would you like me to say here?|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -9Why Wroten only played 20 minutes last night is a mystery to me. TWroe was averaging 18 ppg. in the Sixers previous 4 games. Additionally, he got off to a quick start by scoring 5 points in the 1st Q. Yet brown limited him to 20 ticks.|
The defense continues to be an issue. His team came out flat in this one. He ddin’t give Wroten enough minutes. And how does a red-hot Thad Young only get 1 FGA in the 3rd Q? You have to call his number more often when a player gets it going like Thad was last night.
Six Things We Saw Last Night
- With an emotional, overtime win on Friday night and last night being the second game of a home, than-road back-to-back set, the Sixers were bound to have a letdown — and they did. They came out flat and except for Thad this squad had very little energy in the 1st Q. Also this was arguably the most boring game of the year to watch. Outside of MCW’s thunderous slam in the 2nd Q, the entertainment value of the game last night was very low.
- We all know that the Sixers have been absolutely terrible at guarding the trey this season. They hit rock bottom in their two games vs. Portland and at Brooklyn. Those teams had a combined 42 3-pointers made — an NBA record. Brown & Company had nearly 4 days to work on this issue and I saw little to no improvement vs. the Nets on Friday night (15 3PM on 45% shooting). Last night the Bucks only hit 7 of 25 3PAs, but the Sixers gave up 116 points to MIL the lowest scoring team in the League (91 ppg.).
- “How the hell did the Bucks score 116 points?”, you ask emphatically. Well, the Sixers defense gave up 59 points in the 1st half on 51% shooting from the field. MIL shot 52.4% for the game. The Bucks put 5 players in double figures, including 3 with 20+ points. Caron Butler scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 4 dimes in his return to the lineup after missing 12 games. Ohh yeah and there was this pathetic defensive play at the end of the 1st Q.
- After trailing by 10 at the half, the 76ers opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 63-61. The Bucks regained control with a 15-4 run midway through the quarter and held an 85-72 heading into the fourth. The Sixers scored 2 points over the last 2:58 of the 3rd Q.
- The injury-depleted Bucks played without starting center John Henson and own the League’s worst record. Still, the Bucks led most of the game and built a 19-point cushion early in the 4th quarter, matching its largest lead in any game this season.
- Things could get real ugly for the Sixers after Christmas. They have now lost 11 straight on the road and on the 28th Brown & Company start their West Coast road swing. That means 5 straight road games and I don’t see a win anywhere in that stretch.
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